Renata Fernandez. b. 1971, Venezuela. Based in London since 2003.
Renata is a multidisciplinary artist whose artistic expressions cover drawing and painting, sculpture and installation, yet in her creative process painting is the parting point that more often than not kickstarts a search for any sculptural possibilities in any of her works.
The militarization of almost every single aspect of Renata’s country made her to take on camouflage as a subject-matter while indulging in its inherent painterly qualities, coinciding with the Iraq invasion back in 2003. All her most recent work in painting, drawing, sculpture and installation derives from those initial reflections on camouflage that opened in her a profound need to explore the genre of landscape. Renata's landscapes are set usually in an urban environment, with a static narrative, devoid of people yet with outdoor furniture standing symbolically by humans. This depiction of urban nature is one that is as attractive as uneasy, mesmerising as it is broody. Most of Renata's work is about an otherworldly ‘Menacing Beauty’ that lets us believe there is something intangible behind the foliage that could be distinctly unfriendly.
Fernandez studied in Caracas Fine Art in the Armando Reveron University Institute (UNEARTE), and Social Sciences, Media and Drama in Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.
Renata showed her work at Women’s Lockdown Art Exhibition, Zabludowicz Collection, London. With BOS Gallery, Dublin in several group shows during the first lockdown. Was selected for AMALGAMA in its first edition in 2019. Showed in Maddox Arts in Mayfair as part of HER NATURE (2017) among other exhibitions there. Fernandez was selected for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2016 and 2018, Mall Galleries. Her latest solo show was TROPICO CAMUFLADO in the Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas (2013-14). Her work is in several private collections worldwide.
Renata Fernandez seating in her Willesden Junction studio in London. surrounded by recent works rom NL and HP Series.Photo by Fernandez. Summer 2020